For Children

Families enjoying Story Time in the Children's Department
Story Time twice a week!
tray of lego pieces on a table
Family Lego Time!
adults and children playing with colorful sheet in hands-on exercise
Fun for Everyone!

Upcoming Events for Children


Pumpkin Decorating Contest

It’s that time of year again, Peabody Public Library is hosting its annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest! We want to see your most clever creations!

Prizes will be awarded for three different categories for children, young adult and adult age groups.

Categories include: cutest pumpkin, most unique pumpkin and best storybook character pumpkin.

Bring in your pumpkin between Thursday, October 18 and October 21 to join the contest! Entries will be publicly displayed in the library. Voting will begin on Saturday, October 22 and will end Sunday, October 28.



  • Please do not carve your pumpkin or use fresh produce of any kind (mold and books don’t get along!)
  • You may use a real or artificial pumpkin.
  • Be creative! You can use paint, paper, beads, feathers, markers, etc.
  • One entry per person. People may work together to create a pumpkin but there will only be one prize for that pumpkin if it wins
  • Make sure your pumpkin is family friendly so that everyone can enjoy it
  • Do not put your name on your pumpkin, it will be assigned a number
  • All content must be secure enough to be moved throughout the library
  • Pumpkin must be at the library by closing on Sunday, October 21st
  • Pick up your pumpkin after the contest by November 3rd, or it will be discarded



Download the entry form


A few entries from last year



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News Release – Peabody Public Library Welcomes New Youth Services Librarian


COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (May 14, 2018) – Peabody Public Library recently welcomed new team member, Mary Graber, who will serve as the Peabody Youth Services Librarian.

“I am excited to be a part of the Peabody Public Library,” said Graber. “I think the youth services staff and I will do great things together!”

Previously, Graber worked at Eckhart Public Library in nearby Auburn, Indiana, for the last 13 years. Graber gained experience in several areas at Eckhart Library, serving as library clerk in the Children’s Technical Services Department, the Children’s and Teen Department Assistant, to the Children’s and Teen Librarian, and the Assistant Teen Supervisor and Programming Specialist.

“Peabody Public Library is thrilled to have someone of Mary’s caliber working for us. She has done so much for the youth of the Auburn community, we are fortunate to have her here, providing excellent services for our youth,” said Peabody Library Director Mary Hartman.

Want to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the library? Follow the library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event and class updates, and visit and click the “calendar” icon on the homepage to check out the library’s online calendar.



The Peabody Public Library serves all individuals as a pathway to learning, culture and entertainment. The library has served individuals in Whitley County since 1901. In 1917, Simon J. Peabody donated lands and funds build Peabody Public Library on North Main Street in Columbia City, and it continued to serve the community well for many years. In 1999, the new state-of-the-art Peabody Public Library was built in Columbia City. The 29,688-square-foot facility located off Hwy 205, sits on 14-acres, and is the only library in the State of Indiana that is located on a wetland.



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Online Resources

Preschool & Elementary Resources With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc. Free for use in our library.


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AtoZ the USA brings one of the most geographically, culturally, and ethnically diverse countries in the world to life in a beautifully-illustrated resource designed especially for libraries and schools. It contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. gives parenting and educational ideas for parents of preschoolers. From the DEKKO foundation.



Scholastic BookFlix is an interactive literacy resource that builds a love of reading and learning online. Pairing fictional storybooks with nonfiction eBooks, it reinforces reading skills while developing essential real-world knowledge. Use this link to access BookFlix from home (a valid borrowers card is required).


Explora for Elementary Schools, from Inspire is a student interface designed for use in Kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more. Available within the state of Indiana.

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Kanopy Kids brings you thoughtful entertainment for children aged preschool and up. Parents can trust in a curated selection of educational and enriching videos on Kanopy Kids with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media, as well as additional parental controls to keep kids safe. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. See FAQ page for more information.


PBS kids is an online site with educational games linked to PBS Kids television shows, including Arthur, Bob the Builder, Caillou, The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, Cyberchase, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Design Squad, Dinosaur Train, The Electric Company, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab, Martha Speaks, Nature Cat, Odd Squad, Oh Noah!, Peg + Cat, Plum Landing, Ready Jet Go!, SciGirls, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why!, Thomas and Friends, Wild Kratts, and Word Girl.


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Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Children & Pre-Teen Book Clubs

Note: These book clubs are self-paced and are not on the calendar.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Research indicates that reading every day with your child can help strengthen the relationship between child and parent, as well as create a love of learning that helps children succeed later in school. Peabody Public Library offers this program to children at least 18 months old until they start kindergarten. Contact the Children’s Department to find out how you can enroll your preschooler in the 1000 Book Club.

I Can Read!

This program is designed to motivate children in K – 2nd grade to build their reading skills. As children learn to read, the world around them opens to new vocabulary, interests, and possiblilities. The goal of this program is for the student to read to an adult or by themselves. Any Early Readers books can be read for the program. Each book that the student reads is recorded in a reading log, and completed reading logs are turned in for rewards. We hope this program will foster independent reading as well as a lifelong love of reading.

100 Books Before High School

This program is designed to encourage children from 3rd – 8th grade to increase their reading skills and introduce them to different genres of books. The list of over 150 books is a combination of fiction, historical fiction, classics, non-fiction and popular titles (click here to open the list in PDF format). When students have read 10 books, they can turn in evaluations and receive a book of their choice to keep from our collection of new paperback books. We hope this program will instill a lifelong love of books!

Reading Suggestions – Children & Teens